The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on OLB Anthony Spencer and released S Gerald Sensabaugh on Monday.
This is the second year in a row that Spencer received the franchise tag. “We will work on a long-term deal,” Spencer’s agent Jordan Woy said on Twitter. Spencer is the first player in Cowboys franchise history to get tagged in back-to-back seasons.
Last season, Spencer played in and started 14 games, recording a career-high 95 tackles and 11 sacks. He also had three passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
In six NFL seasons, all with Dallas, Spencer has 32½ sacks, 13 passes defensed and 12 forced fumbles. The franchise tag for linebackers in 2013 is worth $9.619 million, but it will cost Dallas $10.63 million for Spencer, since it’s his second tag in a row.
Sensabaugh, who signed a five-year extension in December 2011, was due his $3 million base salary for 2013 on March 12. The release saves the Cowboys $1.4 million in cap room, according to the team’s website.
In 2012, Sensabaugh started all 15 games he played and had 58 tackles and three passes defensed. In four seasons with Dallas, Sensabaugh missed only two games and totaled eight interceptions and 24 passes defensed.